Fanatec Universal Wheel Hub – Hands-On Videos

Two weeks ago, Fanatec started selling the Universal Wheel Hub that allows owners of the CSW base to use all kinds of aftermarket wheel rims with their Fanatec hardware.

Now, first examples have been spotted in the wild as Franz Brink shares two videos of his example in action. The first video shows the wheel hub in action with the Logitech G27 rim that Franz mounted to it, the second gives us a close look at the unit together with a custom racing wheel.

Features

  • 16 integrated buttons on top of the hub
  • 4 button boxes with 3 buttons each
  • FunkySwitch(tm) with 4-way direction pad, 2-way turning function and push button. Comes with a metal knob
  • ​Small or big shifter paddles for different rim diameters.
  • The big shifter paddles are fully adjustable in distance, width and angle
  • Shifter paddle units can be taken off to save weight.
  • LED display for Tuning or telemetry functions. It can be installed in two positions: Standing or flat
  • USB port to charge a smartphone. No data
  • An additional 5th button box unit can be attached (not included)
  • Data port for future feature upgrades

An additional 16 buttons are placed on top of the unit for users who prefer to use buttonless third-party rims, still giving players the controls needed to sim race.

The Universal Wheel Hub is now available and in stock, selling for 249,95 Euros/Dollars respectively. For more info, please visit the Fanatec website.

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  • toyvonen

    WOW!:..impressive…seems one of the single faults Fanatec had, disapeared…now it seems that it’s almost perfection!….i’m waiting for my Fanatec 918 Porsche, it arrives TODAY!!!…but i will also buy the Universal Hub…i think it’s just a landpiece of sim engeneering

    …by the way, what is the model of that OMP wheel?!

    • MontoyaVR

      If you make a video of it, I’ll post it as well ;)

      • Marcus Reynolds

        that new pork rim looks the nutts eh :D

      • toyvonen

        OK, as soon as possible i’ll take some photos…but i already tested for half an hour, what can i say other than, this one works just like it looks…believe me…impressive!!!
        It looks amazing, it feels amazing in hands, it’s reduced weight is just pinpoint perfect…that (almost) half a kilo diference compared with the BMW GT rim makes ALL the diference!…you feel a lot more (without forcing so much the base engines i guess), and the central weight of the wheel is just right on…the fact that is 100% complet circular, makes it also very good for more classic and rally cars use, you can grabe it much more natural…
        …looks and feels perfect with modern and classic cars…like i said in the begining…this time, the looks don’t fool you, it really has the substance to go with it!…divorce, one step closer!lol

  • Daan Loos

    Why would someone put a G25 wheel on this hub, haha…

    • Birddogg66

      Probably the size diameter of the rim?

    • F1Racer

      Freedom of choice ?

      • Frans Brink

        …or it´s just a gag:)

      • F1Racer

        Yeah but then you`d just slap on a round tea tray :)

    • Marcel

      I’ve done this too because it’s a really nice rim for the classic F1 cars

  • Birddogg66

    This is your guy cue to post what you have done with your Uni Hub and share it with the community. We want to see em!

    • Michael Hornbuckle

      A thousand dollar wheel and a $30 monitor…seems legit…..

      • Birddogg66

        “Dude” It’s a Dell!! LOL

      • Jim Siskos

        a 20″ dell? So small..

      • Birddogg66

        I spent quite a few years on what were those 14″-15″ CRT’s this monitor is huge compared to those

      • Frans Brink

        What is the problem with people and all this bashing?

      • Birddogg66

        This is nothing Frans. the same people would also say physics over graphics which in a way is representative in my setup.

      • Frans Brink

        OK, but I was speaking more in general – all this bashing and traschtalk on internet.

    • Frans Brink

      Looks VERY NICE!

  • Birddogg66

    Anyone who wants to know the 2nd video the Wheel rim is from here
    http://www.qspproducts.com/products/automotive/interieur.html
    QSP Products! I did a bit of Research and didn’t stumble across this brand until now. Anyway worth a look

  • Frans Brink

    To be serious, it´s the perfect rim for 60ties and 70ties openwheelers.
    http://mysimrig.blogspot.se

  • Marcel

    I’ve tested mine with the new handbrake in Richard Burns Rally
    http://youtu.be/yWGfr1oGxOU
    It’s a no name wheel for 33€ from Amazon and 330mm in diameter. It weights only about 0.5kg, with the hub attached it’s about 1.2kg, this makes it about 0.8kg lighter than the GT2 rim and very lively.

  • bitwildcard

    I’ve read that this wheel adapter/hub does not support vibration. I believe the standard fanatec rims use vibration motors to simulate rumble strips, road surface bumps, abs etc etc. Just wondering how much FFB effect is lost by not having these motors?

    • toyvonen

      What?!?!?!…can someone confirm this?…i’m almost certain that it’s not true, but i leave it to people who already have it…

      • Marcel

        No vibration but i think no one really needs the vibration.

      • Birddogg66

        No vibration motors in the Wheel Rims for this offering. Think about this for a second how would you have an add-on rim have Vibration Motors and then have a way to power them? Also as Marcel states it’s really not much of a big deal that they don’t.

      • bitwildcard

        I understand that but I was curious how different the experience would be compared to my CSR wheel if I upgrade to a clubsport base and this hub. Essentially some of the FFB effects going to the wheel must be discarded if the vibration feature is no present?

      • Birddogg66

        No not true the vibration motors in the wheel rim are facilitated by Throttle input only. The only difference is you lose the vibration in the wheel rim. Which almost gets to the point where it’s not really that noticeable if you have them operational or not.

    • Marc Collins

      No vibration inside any rim. Trust me, the CSW motors are strong enough you don’t need it. Any/all vibrations can be cranked-up to break your wrist level if that’s what you are in to. Some of their pedals do have built-in vibration.

    • bitwildcard

      On the product description page, “An analog joystick or vibration
      function is not supported at this point.”

    • bitwildcard

      Fanatec wheels have 3 motors, 1 big one used for FF and 2 little ones for vibration that are inside the rim. This wheel adapter is missing these rim motors?

      • Birddogg66

        The CSR-E and CSW have 2 FFB motors Fanatec’s less expensive line of wheels does in fact only have 1 ffb motor. Here is a photo of the FFB motors in a CSW

      • bitwildcard

        Force feedback that is handled by dual motors (120W) plus additional 2 vibration motors in the wheel Rim (depending on the Rim).

      • Birddogg66

        Correct!

    • coops17

      none

  • Tom Coombs

    I’ve got a 1980′s 3 spoke leather with red stitching wheel sitting here… Hmm.

  • http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT_50ZiRFWSm7oziV1OZloQ Barry Rowland

    Here’s my video!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj6vVGnW66k

    I set up links to different segments in the description section of the
    review so you don’t have to watch the whole thing at one sitting.

  • coops17

    bought it bloody orsam i can buy and use any rim.

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